41st Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show Celebrates Local Artists

Poster for the 41st Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show. Painting by Frank Stick.
Poster for the 41st Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show. Painting by Frank Stick.

Opening this weekend at the Dare County Arts Council Gallery in Manteo, the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show is worth a special trip just to check it out.

The show runs from January 26-February 26. The opening reception will be this Saturday.

Unlike most art shows, the Frank Stick Show is not a juried event, meaning all art submitted is shown. Because of that, there are always some example from young, local artist that let the world know they need to be taken seriously.

The 2019 show is the 41st annual showing of local art for the show. It is a joyous and wonderful event, but it will be tinged with sadness this year.

One of the greatest advocates for the arts in Dare County and the founder of the Frank Stick show, Glenn Eure, passed away in September of last year.

There is no way to adequately describe the impact Glenn had on the Dare County arts community…and the community in general. Generous to a fault with his time and patient with young artists as he helped them nurture their careers his passing leaves void in the local art scene that will be hard to fill.

Because of Glenn’s role in the Frank Stick Show and the arts in general, the best in show ribbon is titled “Eure Best in Show.”

The Frank Stick Memorial Show was first conceived by Glenn and Outer Banks author and developer David Stick as a way for David to commemorate his father Frank.

Frank Stick was the preeminent magazine illustrator of outdoor magazines of the early 20th century, before walking away from his success and moving to the Outer Banks in 1929. 

Along with being an outstanding artist, Stick was an ardent conservationist, and it was largely through his efforts that Cape Hatteras National Seashore was established.

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